We are headquartered in San Francisco, with local offices in Oakland, Milpitas, and American Canyon. In addition to maintaining the dedicated services of more than a thousand matches, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area employs over two dozen staff members who support matches in all nine counties.
Carissa joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2014 soon after moving to San Francisco from the Midwest, working as the VP of Finance and Operations before becoming Executive Director in 2020. Her areas of expertise include operations management, process improvement, and financial oversight, and she believes that well-run operations are essential in enabling nonprofit teams to focus on the critical mission work. Before relocating to California, Carissa worked as Administrative Director for The Conservation Center, the nation’s largest privately-held art conservation laboratory, and for the corporate division of renowned jewelry retailer Lester Lampert, where she managed client services and fulfillment. Carissa’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Roosevelt University. When she isn’t poring over spreadsheets, you’re likely to find Carissa wandering around a museum or enjoying some french fries.
Rick has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area since 2008, starting as Data Communications Specialist before becoming Director of Operations in 2013. He was named Vice President of Operations in 2014 and Vice President of Data and Systems Administration in 2017. Prior to his arrival at BBBSBA, Rick worked for over 17 years in retail management, where he developed his penchant for problem-solving and system management, as well has his desire to help others and serve the public.
Rick’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University. He and his wife live in Berkeley.
Charlotte joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2019. She brings a wealth of experience in domestic and international for and non-profit communications, management and administration. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Charlotte worked as the Director of Communications for the historic Allen Temple Baptist Church of Oakland, a freelance Communications Consultant and as Country Manager for Sephora Canada. Charlotte’s education includes Bachelors and Master’s degrees from Trinity University and Fuller Theological Seminary. In her free time, Charlotte loves to travel internationally, surf, read and spend time with family and friends.
Laksmi’s professional experience focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility, Community Engagement, Government Affairs, and Fund Development. As a leader, uniquely skilled at generating a triple bottom line — benefiting community, the private sector, and non profit/philanthropic organizations — Laksmi expertly leverages her role at Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the mission and goals of the organization. When she’s not working hard on grants and partnerships she can be found volunteering in the community and being a “dance mom.”
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Community Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area provide the opportunity for employees or members of your organization to volunteer in the community. Our volunteer programs also build teamwork and employee engagement.
Community Boards strengthen ties in local areas and help raise funds and awareness through events that attract a diverse network throughout the Bay Area.
Join the fun, all while helping support mentoring for Bay Area kids!
The Junior Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is a group of young Bay Area professionals dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support our mission. Members commit to meeting a committee fundraising goal, attending one meeting each month and participating in the planning and promotion of our signature events. Connect and stay up to date with the Junior Board via Facebook or email for more info about joining the board or the next event.
The South Bay Advisory Council engages the Silicon Valley community, meeting monthly to organize activities for South Bay Littles and Bigs, bolstering recruiting efforts, and conducting fundraising events that provide vital support for our agency’s mission. Membership entails a one-year commitment to attend meetings and events. To get involved, contact us at email@example.com.
This group of volunteers focuses on recruiting men of color so that we can better support the specific needs of our waiting Littles in the region. The Council helps to identify resources necessary to better serve the community, including securing meeting space, dedicated fundraising support, and frequent East Bay community feedback. To get involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes and monitors meaningful matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 – 18, in communities across the country to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area has been providing Bay Area kids with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1958, gradually growing to represent all of the Bay Area regions, at large.
With the first major Bay Area merger in 2006, three separate Big Brother Big Sister organizations — San Francisco & Peninsula, East Bay, and Santa Clara County — integrated into Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area to more efficiently serve the community and meet the increasing demand for services.
In 2017, we merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, which had been serving children in Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties since 1970, to further streamline resources. Effectively reaching the entire Greater Bay Area as a unified organization, we now serve children from nine counties in the Greater Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma.
Your financial support helps kids to realize their potential, one relationship at a time.
The documents below provide detail of our carefully managed financial status. Every local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with its own IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is an exciting, fast growing non-profit with heart-felt goals. We’re committed to building a great staff: we offer a good benefits, competitive wages, and of course, a job that matters.